4. Top Gun (1986)
Codenamed “Maverick”, Pete Mitchell is accepted into Miramar’s elite Fighter School, also known as “Top Gun”. The story focuses on his experiences and rivalry at Top Gun while he falls for Charlie and how he deals with his fellow pilots’ regular insults regarding a haunting incident involving his father.
‘Top Gun’ is one of those early films, which you watch not to review, but to enjoy. You don’t give a **** about technical inaccuracies, facts, comparisons to real-life entities etc. But you just watch the friggin thing and get some good stuff into your head. The film is all about Tom Cruise. From his looks, his hair, his military-like personality and not to mention the awesome aviators which became a long-lasting trend; everything is just damn attractive and it’s definitely cool. The film gives you a perfect blend of military action, romance, emotions, and drama, and turns out to be a startling entertainer.
Despite the mixed response, the film grossed more than $350 million against a mere $15 million budget and made Tom Cruise and his looks a market trend and helped him reach the celebrity status. The film was preserved in 2015 by National Film Registry.